YOUR CHOICE GCSE Options Brochure 2019 – 2020 Respect / Care / Honesty YOUR GUIDE to your future success
GCSE Options Process 2019-2020 Welcome to the options choices brochure where we hope you will find all the information you need to guide you through the options process. The transition from Year 9 (Key Stage 3) into Year 10 (Key Stage 4) is an important one for you. For the first time you can choose some of the subjects you study. It is an exciting time for you and your choices are crucial, so please read the details of each subject carefully. Core Subjects All students will study the Core Subjects – the compulsory curriculum: Other compulsory elements of the curriculum are covered in SPACE days. In addition students will then study their option choices, there are four options this year. The list of options subjects are below, students will choose four in total. Students must chose at least one ‘BLUE’ subject. The subjects marked * are very difficult. History Art, Craft & Design Information Communication Technology BTEC Geography Business Studies Media Spanish Catering, Food & Nutrition Performing Arts BTEC Separate Sciences * Design & Technology Photography Computer Science * EPR Sports Studies Health and Social Care With this booklet your child has been given a preliminary options choices form (“straw poll”). Filling this in correctly will help us to put the most popular choice combinations into blocks. Please ensure this form is returned to school by 6th February 2019. We will then release an options application form. This needs to be returned to school by March 21st. We will contact you to let you know whether (or not) we have been able to grant your child their options choices. This may take weeks. We will try our very best to honour the choices made, but this may not always be possible. Please note that what follows is a guide to the courses, some specifications are subject to change by the exam boards. Key Dates Options Evening – Thursday 7th March 6-8pm with a brief presentation of the process this year at 6.00pm. Here you will have an opportunity to discuss individual option choices with GCSE teaching staff. Option choice forms will also be available on this evening and in school from then onwards. Options deadline – Thursday 21st March. All options forms should be handed back into your form tutor or student reception by this date. You will also have an interview with a senior member of staff to help and advise you.
English Baccalaureate “Ebac” = A great choice • You should seriously think about doing a set of subjects that will give you the • ENGLISH BACCALAUREATE (or ‘Ebac’) QUALIFICATION! This is a great choice. • The Ebac subjects are; • English • Mathematics • Science • Spanish • History • Geography • Computer Studies * • Separate sciences * • (* = very challenging) • Ebacis a great route into university, great careers and generally a great life! • All in all a great choice! • Whatever you choose you should be aiming to make GREAT PROGRESS so that you get a place at a GREAT Post 16 provider. • Make sure that you have the right qualifications (for example; 9 level 5 and above GCSE’s) so that YOU can choose the course YOU want to do when you are 16. With NOTHING HOLDING YOU BACK! • GCSE’s are now graded 1-9 with 9 being the highest. 4 is a pass and 5 is a strong pass. Science, mathematics and Spanish have tiered papers. Foundation (grades 1-5) and Higher (grades 4-9).
Core Curriculum English GCSE Subject Content You will work towards earning two GCSEs in English in Year 10 and Year 11: English Language and English Literature. English Language: You will be reading lots of fiction and non-fiction texts, such as novels, short stories, newspaper articles, biographies, speeches, diary entries and so on. The texts you cover will be from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty first century, so you will learn a little about how language has changed over time. You will learn to analyse and evaluate how writers persuade and manipulate their readers by using language in clever ways and will also learn how to create your own creative and non-fiction writing. English Literature: In English Literature you will study one nineteenth century novel, a Shakespeare play, a modern play and poetry. Using similar skills to those developed in your English Language course, you will analyse and evaluate the way that writers create novels, plays and poems, relating the texts to their historical context and considering the writer’s intentions. Examination You will study the AQA examination board for both English Language and English Literature. Within English Language and English Literature 100% of the course is externally assessed via written examinations; in total you will sit four examinations. Progression You need to ‘pass’ English Language to get onto most college courses and modern apprenticeships, and most employers would rather employ someone with a GCSE in English Language that someone without, as it shows that you can read, write and communicate clearly. Nearly all jobs require employees to demonstrate strong skills in this subject, but professions where English is particularly relevant include: journalism, television, media, performing arts, teaching, law and business. You will need strong English skills to complete any university course, as you will be required to read advanced text books/journals and write essays.
Mathematics GCSE Subject Content In mathematics you will continue to study the main topic areas of number, ratio & proportion, algebra, statistics & probability and geometry & measures. You will build on your knowledge from previous years – learning new skills and concepts in these key areas. You will need to be proficient in processing and dealing with all types of numbers. You will need to be confident in manipulating algebra to solve problems. You must be able to compare statistics and explain the differences and similarities. There is a great emphasis on problem solving and mathematical reasoning at GCSE and many problems will be set in a real life context. There is also a great emphasis on your written communication and how you present your mathematics. Examination You will study the Edexcel mathematics GCSE with grades 1-9 available; tiers of Entry are either ‘Higher’ grades 4 to 9 or ‘Foundation’ grades 1 to 5. Irrespective of the tier of entry there are 3 papers (1 non calculator and 2 calculator papers). All three exams last for 1hr 30 mins and all the papers carry a total of 80 marks each. Progression Mathematics is a key GCSE subject that you must achieve. You will need your GCSE to progress further in education. All colleges insist on you having passed Mathematics and if you don't get the pass grade then they will require you to resit the subject. Employers will also look for students who have the benchmark grade.(strong pass) A good knowledge of mathematics will help you to study maths further but also other subject such as the sciences, computing and geography to name a few. Many jobs require the use of mathematics in some form and usually people are unaware that they are actually using skills learnt in GCSE maths.
Science GCSE Subject Content - Combined Science - 2 GCSE pathway Students that study the sciences will develop their curiosity about the natural world, and gain an insight into how science works and develop an appreciation of its relevance to their everyday lives. Scientific understanding is changing lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Students will learn essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They will gain an appreciation of how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a small number of key ideas that relate to the sciences. This course will cover the necessary material to allow you to progress to an AS or A level course in science. However, if you wish to progress to A level sciences, then the Separate science (3 GCSE) pathway would be a better option choice. Examination Exam board: Edexcel The two GCSEs are assessed through the completion of six exams – two from Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each of the written examinations is 1 hour and 10 minutes in length and will be worth 16.67% of the overall grade. The foundation tier papers assess grades 1-5, whereas the higher tier papers will assess from grade 4-9. Progression Combined science provides a solid overview of the way our world operates and opens up many possibilities form a social, moral and cultural point of view. It develops creativity as well as thoughtful analysis and promotes many skills that are deemed essential by employers.
Physical Education Subject Content Pupils will take part in 1 hour of PE each week in Year 10 & 11. They will be involved in a range of activities that develop personal fitness and promote active & healthy lifestyles. Pupils will be taught how to use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual activities (for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, netball, rounders, athletics and table tennis). They will be taught how to evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best. There is also the option for our students to use Todmorden Leisure Centre to access the swimming and fitness suite facilities. By taking part in a wide range of activities our aim is to make sure that all students continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school when they leave. SPACE DAYS Other National Curriculum subjects for fully rounded citizens and young adults prepared for further education and the workplace. Personal, Social, Careers, Health and Relationships Education are all covered during our SPACE* days which are held periodically through the year. We also have a careers advisor and a careers teacher in school. British values, Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural messages and themes are covered in every lesson, assemblies and tutor time. See our website for more details on British Values, SMSC and topics such as Wellbeing Wednesday. Literacy and numeracy and the development of reading are integral parts of every lesson. SPACE* = Social, Personal and Careers Education.
Options subjects *Separate Sciences GCSEEbac when chosen with Spanish Subject Content - Triple award – 3 GCSE pathway Students that study the sciences will develop their curiosity about the natural world, and gain an insight into how science works and develop an appreciation of its relevance to their everyday lives. Scientific understanding is changing lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Students will learn essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They will gain an appreciation of how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a small number of key ideas that relate to the sciences. You can opt to study three science GCSEs by taking Separate Science. These qualifications are awarded as separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics grades. They contain the same content as the Combined science route plus some additional topics. This course will provide the best preparation for studying any of the three disciplines at A level and beyond. Examination- Foundation and Higher Exam board: Edexcel The three GCSEs are assessed through the completion of six exams – two from Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each of the written examinations is 1 hour and 45 minutes in length and will be worth 50% of the overall grade within Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The foundation tier papers assess grades 1-5, whereas the higher tier papers will assess from grade 4-9. Progression Separate science provides a very broad and in depth overview of the way our world operates. It opens up many possibilities and develops creativity as well as thoughtful analysis. The course promotes many attributes that are deemed essential by employers for example: Questioning, analytical and evaluative skills alongside core practical skills. Separate science is certainly the best option if you are considering science related university courses.
History GCSEEbac when chosen with Spanish Subject Content • You will study the four following topics: • Conflict and Tension, 1919-1939. The peace treaties at the end of WW1, the failure of the League of Nations and the causes of WW2 • America, 1820-1973: Opportunity and Inequality. The economic boom of the 1920s and the depression. The Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. • Britain: Migration, empires and the people: c790 to the present day. • Site based depth study: Elizabethan England, c1568-1603 Examination The course is split into two papers as follows: Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World. 1hr 45 minutes. 50% of final grade. Paper 2: Shaping the Nation. 1hr 45 minutes. 50% of final grade. You will study the AQA GCSE History specification . Progression History is the ideal environment for a wide range of jobs, especially those which involve working with, and understanding people. These include the law, journalism, the media, caring work, management, personnel, public relations, and in fact all jobs that are people orientated. A GCSE in History will help you to make progress in many other subjects. It will also be impressive to Post 16 colleges when you apply.
Geography GCSEEbac when chosen with Spanish Subject Content The GCSE Geography is split into 3 sections of Physical Geography, Human Geography and Geographical Applications. In Physical Geography you will study: natural hazards including earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and extreme weather in the UK, including climate change and its future management. The course also includes ecosystems, including tropical rainforests and the arctic tundra. In addition you will study the coasts and rivers with their associated processes and management, finally you will study glaciation. In the Human Geography section you will study: urban issues and challenges looking at the UK and LEDCs focusing on how to manage these challenges in the future. The Changing Economic World looks at varying development levels around the world; you will also study resource management. Geographical Applications is based on the 2 days of fieldwork and related enquiries that will be carried out during the 2 years of study. Examination The course is split into 3 papers as follows: Paper 1: ‘Living with the physical environment’ a 1 hour 30 minute exam worth 35% of the GCSE. Paper 2: ‘Challenges in the human environment’ a 1 hour 30 minute exam worth 35% of the GCSE. Paper 3: ‘Geographical Application’ a 1 hour 15 minute exam worth 30% of the GCSE. Progression There are many different opportunities for those who study geography. You could go into professions in journalism, architecture, law, economics, the military, cartography and landscape design. A job in environmental health, nature conservation, recreation management or disaster management may be the career for you. The choice of careers is endless. Geography is a humanity and an applied science and sits well with a variety of subjects such as history, business studies or any of the sciences. It is a versatile subject with a solid academic background respected by all universities and employers.
Spanish GCSEEbac when chosen with another blue subject Subject Content The most important aim is to encourage the spontaneous use of language. First and foremost a language is meant to be spoken. The GCSE course covers three distinct themes, which apply to all 4 question papers: Theme 1: Identity and Culture: Me, my family and friends; technology in everyday life; free-time activities. Theme 2: Local, national & global areas of interest Home, town, neighbourhood & region; social issues; global issues. Theme 3: Current & future study / employment: My studies; life at school; education post-16; careers choices & ambitions. In addition, this new specification has a renewed focus on the accurate use of grammatical structures and their use in spontaneous manipulation of language. This will be assessed in various ways in the examinations at the end of Year 11 and so the learning of grammar and appropriate exam techniques in its assessment will feature heavily. Examination There are two papers Higher (grades 5-9) and Foundation (grades 1-5) Pupils will complete the AQA Specification for Spanish Paper 1—Listening: Understanding & responding to different examples of spoken language. Exam—(Higher or Foundation) 25% Paper 2—Speaking: Communicating & interacting effectively in with spoken language for a variety of purposes. 7-12 minutes speaking examination depending on tier of entry. (Higher or Foundation) 25% Paper 3—Reading: Understanding & responding to different types of text and questions in the spoken language. Exam—(Higher or Foundation) 25% Paper 4—Writing: Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes. Exam—(Higher or Foundation) 25% Progression The words "graduate with a foreign language" on your CV will have many recruiters going back for another look. This is because a relatively small pool of the British population have foreign language credentials, so they stand out from the crowd and, consequently, have far healthier career options. The command of a language shows that you have academic capabilities in an increasingly competitive world. Language skills are in demand and can be used in almost any career, particularly within businesses that trade internationally. A GCSE in Spanish will be impressive on any Post 16 application form.
*Computer Science GCSEEbac when chosen with Spanish Subject Content This course consists of 2 Topics Topic 1- Computer Systems which is worth 50% of the overall mark and is a 1 hour 30 minute written examination. Topic 2- Computational thinking, algorithms and programming which is worth 50% of the overall mark and is a 1 hour 30 minutes written examination. Programming project- Which involves a 20 hour timetables project using Python. Topic 1 consists of the following areas. Systems architecture, memory, storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, protocols and layers, system security, system software, ethical legal cultural and environmental concerns. Topic 2 consists of Algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic, Translators and facilities of languages and data representation. Topic 3 consists of programming techniques, Analysis, Design, Development, Testing and evaluation and conclusions. Examination The examination board is OCR- You will be assessed at the end of year 11 with 2 x 1 hour 30 minute written examinations both worth 50% and 80 marks each. A 20 hour programming project will also be completed but this will not count towards an overall grade. Paper 1 is based on computer systems and paper 2 is computational thinking, problem solving and programming. Progression Careers in computing including game design, programming, software design and cyber security. This is a rapidly growing industry and there will be a wealth of future career and job opportunities for those with expertise and talents in computer science. This course will challenge you and is ideally suited to those with an interest and high skill level in Computing and Maths. This course will also give you a good basis for further study in computer science including A Level and a career in computing.
Options subjects Media GCSE Subject Content • You will study the mass media including film, television, video games, radio, newspapers and magazines. • Music industry: the stars; marketing; online media and audiences. Music magazines; music videos & mainstream music radio stations. • How stereotyping works and how genders are represented through: advertising campaigns; magazines; video games and how newspapers offer biased coverage of events like immigration and Brexit. • How do crime dramas and sitcoms represent people and places & their appeal to different audiences. Why are Hollywood blockbusters are so popular? We study genre, narrative, cinematography, characters, stars, marketing and Hollywood. • Controlled assessment tasks - research, make mock-ups, photograph a subject, get background shots create a DVD front & back cover plus a film poster for a new film, and then edit them on a computer using Photoshop. Examination Unit 1: Exploring the Media Written exam: 1.5 hours (40%) - Breadth of forms; range of set products studied in relation to key areas of the theoretical framework. Exam includes analysis of an unseen resource. Learners take clean copies of print set products into the exam. Unit 2: Understanding Media Forms and Products Written exam: 1.5 hours (30%) - Three forms studied in depth in relation to all areas of the theoretical framework. Exam based on set products and includes analysis of an extract from an audio-visual set product. Unit 3: Creating Media Products Non-exam assessment (30%) - Individual media production. A range of briefs in four media forms will be set annually. Learners are required to create a media production in one form; audio-visual, print or online for a specified target audience. Progression GCSE media studies offers the potential to study A Level at college, and can lead to degree and HND courses at universities. There is a thriving creative sector in the UK that needs people with a background in media-related subjects. At GCSE you will learn how to critically analyse media products and you will develop your written skills and apply new theories. You will also develop creative skills such as storyboarding, camerawork skills, digital editing and desktop publishing. At this stage a GCSE in media studies could help you progress onto the next stage of your education, the analytical skill set you learn will help you in a variety of professions.
Options subjects EPR(Ethics, Philosophy and Religion)GCSE Subject Content The EPR GCSE encompasses two religions and 4 different themes of study. The two religions are Christianity and Buddhism and the themes include; Religion and life, The Existence of God, Crime and Punishment Relationships and the family. The first unit includes the study of relevant ethical issues such as abortion, euthanasia and animal rights. The second explores arguments for God existing (or not) such as the design argument, causation argument, evolution and miracles. The third debates such issues as the death penalty, the justice system and the provision of prisons. The final theme focuses on healthy relationships, contraception, divorce, marriage and polygamy. Each unit will have both a secular element and one that applies an understanding of the two chosen religions. Examination The exam board is AQA and you will sit two exams. Each exam will last 1 hour 45 minutes and will be marked out of 96 (plus 5 SPaG marks). Each exam will make up 50% of the grade achieved. Each exam will have two 5 part questions containing a 1 marker, 2 marker, 4 marker, 5 marker and 12 mark essay question. Exam 1 will be on Christianity and Buddhism while exam 2 will be on the themes outlined above. Progression EPR is a respected subject at university as it requires you to cultivate an excellent ability to express your own opinion respectfully while considering a contrary point of view. The arguments you study are academic and thus, many students who choose it go on to further study (and the demands of the subject mean they are amply prepared). Balancing arguments and weighing up points are excellent skill that will help you in Post 16 study. Aside from this, EPR is applicable in jobs working with people (essentially every job) as we now live in a more diverse society both ethnically and in terms of religion. This is even more critical when working in management as an understanding of religious and ethnic needs is of great importance.
Options subjects Business Studies GCSE Subject Content Business Studies- GCSE (9-1) Exam Board Pearson (Edexcel) This consists of 2 Themes Theme 1- Investigating a small business which is worth 50% of the overall mark and is a 1 hour 30 minute written examination. Theme 2- Building a business which is worth 50 % of the overall mark and is a 1 hour 30 minute examination. Theme 1 consists of topics such as 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship. 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity. 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice. 1.4 making the business effective. 1.5 Understanding external influences on business. Theme 2 consists of 2.1 growing the business. 2.2 making marketing decisions. 2.3 Making operational decisions. 2.4 making financial decisions. 2.5 making human resource decisions. Examination The examination board is Edexcel- You will be assessed at the end of year 11 with 2 x 1 hour 30 minute examinations both worth 50% and 90 marks each. both examinations are written and will include multiple choice, short and long written questions, with marks ranging from 1-12 per question. Paper 1 is based investigating small businesses and paper 2 is based on building a business. Progression This course will give you a fantastic starting point to learn more about the operations of a business and will be invaluable to you whether you choose to open your own business or if you choose to work for a business. This course also provides access to A Level Business.
Options subjects Art, Craft & Design GCSE Subject Content This course is Art, Craft and Design and will offer you a greater range of experience with more materials, media and processes. You will have the chance to create outcomes using traditional techniques such as drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles and ceramics. You will also have the chance to use more contemporary technological processes and programmes such as Photoshop, Illustrator and an array of photo manipulation apps as well as undertaking photography using state of the art camera equipment. Examination The course will run with the AQA examination board. You will be assessed at the end of Year 11 and the weightings will be: a) Coursework component 60% b) Exam component 40% The controlled test unit will be set by the AQA exam board. These units will be marked by subject teachers and then by external examiners. Progression The creative industries are rapidly expanding which means a wealth of career opportunities are available. Possible career paths range from self-employed fine artists, set designers, fashion designers, make-up artists, photographers, illustrators, interior designers, graphic designers to architects, animators and many more.
Options subjects Information Communication Technology BTEC Subject Content ICT BTec Level 2 – Award in digital information technology. This consists of 3 components: Components 1 and 2 are assessed through coursework and are worth 60& of the total mark. Component 3 which is worth 40% of the overall mark and is a 1 hour 30 mins written examination. Component 1 – Exploring user interface design principles and project planning techniques. Component 2 – Collecting, presenting and interpreting data. These two components focus on the development of core knowledge and understanding of different types of user interfaces, how user interface design principles are used and how organisations collect, manipulate and interpret data to make decisions. Component 3 – Effective digital working practises. Requires analysis and interpretation of information in relation to different scenarios and to draw on knowledge, understanding and skill such as the project planning process, interface design and collection and use of data. Examination The examination board is Edexcel- You will be assessed through 3 units. Component 1 is 30% and is coursework based around the topic User Interface design principles. Component 2 is 30% and coursework based around the topic data bases. Component 3 40% which is a 1 hour 30 minute written examination and based on effective digital working practises. Progression Learners who generally achieve level 2 across their KS4 can progress to A-Levels in computing or computer science or the study of vocational qualifications such as BTEC IT which leads to employment or apprenticeships within the digital sector. Careers in computing including game design, programming software design and cyber security are an option in this rapidly ever developing sector.
Options subjects Food Preparations and Nutrition GCSE Subject Content The course is suitable for all those with a passion for food. It aims to develop strong practical skills, theoretical knowledge and an investigative ability. The course is carried out over six modules. Food commodities - based on the eat well plate. Principles of nutrition—the role of macro and micro nutrients in human nutrition. Diet and good health: energy requirement of individuals; illness; life stages; planning balanced diets; calculating nutrition of diets and recipes. The Science of Food: the effect of cooking on food; food spoilage. Where food comes from - food provenance and food manufacturing Cooking and food preparation: factors affecting food choice, preparation and cooking techniques. Examination It is composed of one exam worth 50%, to be taken at the end of Year 11 and two practical assessments, taken in Year 11, worth the remaining 50%. The practical assessments are a food science investigation and a practical skills assessment. Progression The course will serve as a learning platform for those of you who want to enter the food industry in either a practical sense or a scientific pathway. There is a strong practical skills element as well as scientific and analytical assessment and theoretical food knowledge.
Options subjects Design Technology GCSE Subject Content The Design and Technology course is centred on identifying and investigating design possibilities, to produce a design brief and specification, generating and developing design ideas and making prototypes leading up to a final product which will include elements of analysis and evaluation. This project will include a portfolio of design work and a final product. The theme for the project may well take the form of topics like these: A high profile sport event Addressing the needs of the elderly The contemporary home Children’s learning and development The world of travel and tourism You will be taught the skills and knowledge you need in order to design and make your product and so you can answer the topics covered in the exam. You will be taught about: New and emerging technologies Energy generation and storage Developments in new materials Systems approach to designing Materials and their working properties Mechanical devices The material choice that your final product will be made from will be decided in Year 11. The properties and characteristics of a range of materials will be studied, these may include: paper, card, textiles, plastic, wood and metal. Examination AQA GCSE Design and Technology is the specification studied. 50% of the final GCSE grade is based on a 2 hour written paper you will sit during the Year 11 summer examination season. The first two terms in Year 10 will cover the vast majority of the theoretical aspects of the courses. The remaining 50% is based on designing and making a product of your choice, in a material that you will have worked with before, based upon a theme. Progression The study of Design and Technology GCSE is ideal for further study at A level in Design or Art based courses. Typically, these Types of qualifications lead to careers in the design and manufacturing industries. This can include fashion design, Architectural design and product design.
Options subjects Performing Arts BTEC Subject Content There are 3 components to the Performing Arts course. A three-block structure, explore, develop and apply, has been developed to allow students to build on and embed their knowledge. This allows them to grow in confidence and then put into practice what they have learnt. Explore: Students will get a taste of what it is like to be a professional actor, dancer or musical theatre performer. Students will explore different styles, investigate different practitioners and discover techniques and roles within the industry. Develop: Students will develop skills and techniques in the chosen disciplines of acting, dance and musical theatre. Workshops and rehearsals will be attended where students will gain skills, applying these in performance and reflecting on their own progress and performance. Apply: Students will consider how practitioners adapt their skills for different contexts and put this into practice in a performance. All students will plan, develop and perform from a set brief. Students will reflect on their performance and evaluate their skills. Examination Component 1, exploring the Performing Arts is internally assessed and worth 30% of the total course. Component 2, developing skills and techniques in the Performing Arts is also internally assessed and worth 30% of the total course. Component 3, performing to a brief is externally assessed and is worth 40% of the total course. The combination of internal and external assessments means students can develop and practice their skills, then have an opportunity to put their learning into a real-life scenario. Progression The BTEC Tech Award is a practical introduction to life and work in the Performing Arts industry. Students will develop an understanding of the sector and see whether it’s an industry they would like to work in. Students taking this course will be prepared to study Performing Arts at level 3 and beyond. A levels in drama, theatre studies or music/music technology may also be an option from the completion of this course at level 2. If a music route is preferred, grade 5 theory might be something to consider. Some local colleges do ask for this and/or offer this qualification alongside studying for A level music. Equally, if students taking this option are proficient vocally or on an instrument, the option of taking grade 6 performance examination can be arranged and studied alongside the BTEC Tech Award.
Options subjects Sports Studies GCSE Subject Content This is an option subject which caters for all who are enthused and motivated by sport. The course is largely non-examined assessment meaning you generate evidence against certain set criteria as you progress through the two year course. There is only one examination worth just 25% of the overall mark. The course is therefore aimed at those of you who prefer project type work rather than exams. If you want to develop your sports performance, be a better sports leader and learn about other aspects of sport such as the Olympics, National Governing Bodies and outdoor adventurous activities, this is the course for you. As part of this course, you will be expected to participate in all practical lessons, meet the required deadlines, keep up to date with paperwork and be prepared for practical assessments including leadership sessions. Examination You will study OCR Sports Studies. You will be examined on one written examination of 1 hour (25%). You will first sit this exam at the end of Year 10 but will have the option of resitting if necessary. Coursework includes three units worth 25% each. Practical sport (largely assessed via practical lessons and will include you being an official). Leadership in Sport (evidence by you planning, leading and evaluating a session). Practical Outdoor Activities (assessed by practical performance, risk assessments and written reports). All coursework units are entered to the exam board at a set time, however, they can be resubmitted if you wish to improve your mark. Progression This course is relevant if you wish to go on to study BTEC Sport or A Level PE at Sixth Form College.
Options subjects Health and Social Care GCSE Subject Content OCR – Level 2 course Cambridge Nationals in health and social care will equip learners with sound specialist knowledge and skills for everyday use. They will also challenge all learners, including high attaining learners, by introducing them to demanding material and skills; encouraging independence and creativity; providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum (including values of care and the current legislation requirements and the importance of softer skills such as communication skills to ensure individuals right to independence and dignity). The course consists of four units, two of which are core (mandatory) and two optional, and all of which are weighted equally at 25% of the final mark. Two core units: R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings. This unit focuses on the rights of individuals and will instill the value of care to be used when working in a health, social care or early year’s environment. All good practice is based on these values and enables those who use and work in care settings to apply quality practice. The unit also provides an overview of legislation and its impact on the care settings and covers the hygiene, safety and security matters that relate to promoting a healthy and safe environment. This unit is assessed by a 1 hour external written examination in January. There will be a further opportunity to retake the written exam for this unit, in June, if required. R022: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years’ settings This unit will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of how to communicate effectively and what personal qualities will contribute to the creation of a caring environment when working with individuals in a health, social care and early years setting. This unit is internally assessed by controlled assessment. Two optional units: R026 – Planning for employment in health, social care and children and young people’s workforce. This unit is designed to enable learners to plan and prepare for employment within health, social care and children and young people’s workforce roles. It will help them to identify the key attributes and skills needed, and to set some challenging individual goals for their development. This unit is internally assessed by controlled assessment. R029 - Understanding the nutrients needed for good health. This unit is internally assessed by controlled assessment. There will be a compulsory cooking session which will take place after school. This will contribute to your final controlled assessment marks so it is essential that you attend; you will be offered a choice dates on which to attend. Progression If you are interested to work in the Health and Social Care industry in jobs such as nursing, being a health visitor, doctor, teacher, social worker, midwife, physiotherapist caring for older or disabled people working in the early year’s sector this is the qualification for you. Skills gained on this course are also transferable to a range of other careers. This course can lead you to further study in Health and Social Care at Level 3 in a Sixth Form or college and eventually degree level at university or your first apprenticeship within the Health and Social Care sector. Examination OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Health and Social Care, graded either Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.
Options subjects Photography GCSE Subject Content • The school will be introducing a Photography course this year, we have decided to build upon the success of the creative arts at Todmorden High School. • Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. • They will be introduced to traditional methods but focus on new technologies. • Students will be required to work in one or more area(s) of Photography, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas: • Portraiture • Landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment) • Still life photography (working from objects or from the natural world) • Documentary photography, photojournalism • Fashion photography • Experimental imagery • Multimedia • Photographic installation • Moving image (video, film, animation) Examination The course will run with the AQA examination board. You will be assessed at the end of Year 11 and the weightings will be: a) Coursework component 60% b) Exam component 40% The controlled test unit will be set by the AQA exam board. These units will be marked by subject teachers and then by external examiners. Progression The creative industries are rapidly expanding which means a wealth of opportunities are available. Possible career paths range from free-lance photography to photography focused on: wildlife, portrait, wedding, commercial, photojournalism, forensic, film maker, television camera operator.
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